Family members now say that a Celebration of Life for Kate Armand will be held from 3 to 5 pm on Saturday, January 7th at the Kelso-Longview Elks Lodge. The 24 year-old Kelso High School graduate was shot and killed by her estranged husband on Christmas Day; 30 year-old James Tylka was killed later, dying in a shootout with police. Oregon State Trooper Nic Cederberg is recovering from critical wounds that he received in that shootout with Tylka. A new website is set up to help Brynn Armand-Tylka, the baby girl that’s left behind after the death of both parents. Funds that were previously donated to a GoFundMe accounts are being transferred to a secure OnPoint Credit Union account, which you can still access through “Brynn Support and Contribution” on meganarmand.com. Donations to the Brynn Armand-Tylka Contribution Account can be made at any OnPoint Credit Union branch, and the family is asking that donations be made to this account, in lieu of sending flowers. Go to meganarmand.com for more information, or get more information on Facebook.
Archive | December, 2016
An investigation is under way after a 26 year-old Longview woman was found dead yesterday morning in the Cowlitz County Jail. The Sheriff’s Office reports that the body of Britney Helene Smith was found at 6 yesterday morning, unresponsive in her cell. Smith had been arrested and booked on Tuesday, picked up on drug charges. They say that she was in possession of a small plastic bag that appeared to contain illegal drugs at the time of her booking, so she was placed alone in a cell, routinely checked each half-hour. Chief Criminal Deputy Charlie Rosenzweig says that a similar plastic bag was found near Smith inside of her room at the jail. CPR and other life-saving measures were attempted, without success. An autopsy was conducted yesterday afternoon, with no obvious signs of trauma, injury or violence found as a factor in the death. Samples are being sent for toxicology tests, which will take six to eight weeks to process. County Coroner Tim Davidson says that the findings on the cause and manner of death are “pending” at this time.
It took only a few minutes for Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue to deal with a fire that was reported this morning at a home in Kelso. Firefighters were called at about 3:50 am, when it was reported that smoke was coming from one side of a duplex in the 800 block of Coweeman Lane in Kelso. They say that some light smoke was coming from under the eaves of the house, while the occupied half of the duplex was evacuated. It took only about five minutes to get the fire out, but they haven’t said yet what caused it. They also haven’t said how much damage was done; it does not appear to be a serious situation.
Longview Police are looking into a car-versus-pedestrian collision that took place early yesterday morning in the area of 12th and Hudson. The incident was reported at about 12:30 yesterday morning, when a woman apparently walked into the path of a car that was turning. The male driver says that the woman walked out in front of him as he was making the corner; they were reporting a possible head injury, but the woman was conscious and breathing. The woman was transported to St. John Medical Center as a “modified trauma.” Her name has not been released, and her condition has not been updated this morning. There’s also been no report on possible citations.
It’s now being reported that a Longview woman has died from injuries that she received in a Christmas Day car crash. The crash took place at 15th and Hemlock; Longview Police say that Mary Ann Hamilton, 83, was a passenger in a car being driven by her son, coming back from a medical appointment at St. John Medical Center. They say that Eugene Braykovich, 40, of Kelso was making a left turn at the intersection, and crashed into the car driven by Hamilton’s son. Hamilton, her son and Braykovich were all taken to St. John; the Daily News reports that she died about four hours later, due to complications from her injuries. Braykovich was cited for second-degree negligent driving.
Juelene Perez Owens, 37, of Mossyrock is being sentenced to 90 days in detention and will be required to pay restitution, after the postal clerk pleaded guilty to stealing insurance benefits over a period of ten years. While working for the Postal Service and using the agency’s health insurance coverage, Owens had her boyfriend listed as her husband, collecting about $350,000 in benefits between 2004 and 2014. In October, Owens was arrested and charged after an investigation by the Postal Service, the Washington Insurance Commissioner and the U. S. Inspector General. After pleading guilty to a first-degree theft charge in Lewis County Superior Court, Owens was sentenced to 90 days in jail, to be served at home with electronic monitoring. The amount of restitution to be paid will be set at a future hearing.
Launching your boat at Willow Grove is going to get easier, as the Port of Longview reports on the installation of an electronic payment kiosk. They say that this new kiosk will go live on January 15th; cash payments will still be allowed until that time, but then you’ll be able to use debit and credit cards after that date. Day-use permits will be available through the kiosk; you’ll need to go to the Port of Longview offices to get you annual pass for the boat launch. Port officials say that this is the latest in a series of improvements that are being made at Willow Grove Park, following the recent dredging of the launch and boat basin. This spring, updated playground equipment will be installed, along with continuing maintenance and facility improvements. Keep track of the improvements on the Port of Longview web page, or on their Facebook page.
Be aware that the legal hours for purchase of fireworks go from noon to 11 pm today and tomorrow, and the legal period for setting those fireworks off is from 6 pm tomorrow evening until 1 am on January 1st. You could be cited for discharging fireworks outside of these hours.
Also be aware that the police agencies in Kelso, Longview and Castle Rock will be joining with the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office and the State Patrol for increased DUI and impaired driver patrols, going through New Year’s Day. The Washington Traffic Safety Commission says that there’s been an uptick in the number of DUI traffic deaths, particularly with drivers that are testing positive for alcohol and other drugs. You’re reminded that mixing alcohol with marijuana or other drugs can have devastating consequences; you’re encouraged to drive sober, or to make sure that you have alternative transportation plans.
With New Year’s Day falling on Sunday, the official holiday will be on Monday, so we’ll have a lot of long weekends happening all over the area. The Longview Police Department front office will be closing at noon today, and will also be closed all day on Monday. Most government offices will be closed on Monday, along with the Post Office, schools and other concerns. It’s probably a good idea to get your business done today, since there will be a lot of stuff closed on Monday.
You can send 2016 off on a high note by giving the gift of life, at a special Blood Drive that’s being held this Friday out at the 38th Avenue Walmart store. Bloodworks Northwest will have their Bloodmobile set up in the parking lot of the store at 38th and Ocean Beach Highway, accepting blood donations between noon and 6 pm. Almost anyone who is over the age of 17, who weighs more than 105 pounds and is in good general health can donate blood; call 1-800-398-7888 to set up a donation, or go to BloodworksNW.org.
Copalis and Mocrocks are open for razor clam digging on Friday and Saturday’s evening tides, but Long Beach and Twin Harbors will remain closed. Be sure to have your current shellfish license, and observe bag limit and harvest rules.
If you’d like to get one more road trip in before the end of the year, living-history programs continue at the Lewis and Clark Historical Park, where rangers will have flintlock musket demonstrations, guided walks, films and other hands-on activities. The programs are being offered at Fort Clatsop, just south of Astoria off of Highway 101.
The first-ever “Potluck for Peace” is planned for this Saturday, starting at noon at Tam O’Shanter Park in Kelso. Organizers say that this is a day for all of us to get together peacefully, to talk and eat great food, make new friends enjoy live music, and “say goodbye to 2016 with a smile on your face and in your heart.” All are invited to come by, and bring a dish to share with others.
You’ll need to pre-register for the Kids Night Out-New Year’s Eve Party that’s planned at the YMCA of Southwest Washington, since there’s a limit of 75 kids. This is a sleepover for kids age 6 to 13, starting at 7 pm on Saturday, and going until 10 am on Sunday, with swimming, pickleball, ping pong, pool and a lot more. They’ll also be serving a pancake breakfast on Sunday morning. Call the Y at 423-4770 for registration information.
Down in Clatskanie, they’re holding the second annual New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance, a fundraiser for the Clatskanie Cultural Center. They’ll be serving a prime rib dinner at 6 pm on Saturday, prior to the dance that will start at 7 at the old IOOF Hall on Nehalem Street. The Bob Nelson Band will provide the dance tunes, they’ll live-stream the dropping of the ball in Times Square, along with a champagne toast. Only 100 tickets are available, so move quickly by calling 503-728-3403.
It’s a “Free Fishing Weekend” in Oregon, with no license required on open waters in the state both on Saturday and Sunday. No licenses, tags or endorsements are required, but all other fishing regulations will remain in place. Find out more on the Oregon Fish and Wildlife web page.
Start the New Year off outdoors, by taking part in the annual Willapa Hills Audubon Society Cowlitz and Columbia County Bird Count. This is scheduled to get under way at 9 am on Sunday, meeting at the Hemlock Square on the Kessler Boulevard side of Lake Sacajawea. John and Margaret Green of Longview are leading this year’s count; get details and find out how you can participate by calling 430-8569.
The second annual Toutle Town Polar Bear Plunge is planned for this Sunday on Silver Lake. This will take place at noon on Sunday at Streeter’s Resort, at the docks and boat ramp located at 120 Lake Road. There’s no registration fee, but you are asked to bring a non-perishable food item, with all of those donations going to the Help Food Warehouse in Longview. Call 751-4281 if you need more information.
The “Belly Brigade” is hosting a New Year’s Day Turkey Feed, starting at 4 pm sharp, at 207 N. 4th Avenue in Kelso. This is scheduled to be held in the courtyard, and is open to the community. They also need donations for the event, including tables, to-go boxes and more. Get more information on the Belly Brigade Facebook page.
The Huskies are ready for the taunting challenge of trying to upset Alabama in the CFP national semi-final Peach Bowl tomorrow in Atlanta, KLOG 11:00 am…..The Blazers host the San Antonio Spurs tonight, KLOG 6:05 pm…..LCC rallied from 16 down in the second half to beat North Idaho 59-54 in the LC Women’s Holiday Classic. The Devils play Umpqua in the championship at 3 pm today…..The LCC men will host Clark in a 6 pm matchup tonight following the women’s game. Last night the Devils beat their Alumni team 105-76…..The Kelso boys beat La Center 70-60 in the Bend tournament. R.A. Long downed Forks 67-50 at the Port Angeles tourney…..The Kelso girls lost to Port Angeles 36-33 at the Centralia tourney. Kelso plays North Kitsap at 5 pm today.